Baptism

The sacrament of baptism ushers us into the divine life, cleanses us from sin, and initiates us as members of the Christian community. It is the foundation for the sacramental life.

At baptism, the presider prays over the water:

Father, look now with love upon your Church, and unseal for her the fountain of baptism. By the power of the Holy Spirit give to this water the grace of your Son, so that in the sacrament of baptism all those whom you have created in your likeness may be cleansed from sin and rise to a new birth of innocence by water and the Holy Spirit. (Christian Initiation of Adults, #222A)

Freed from Sin

Baptism frees us from the bondage of original and actual sin. Water is poured in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Today, the sacrament of baptism is often performed on infants, shortly after birth. Adult baptisms take place at the Easter Vigil through the restored Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Adults or children who have been baptized in a valid Christian church are not baptized again in the Catholic church. As we say in the Nicene Creed, “I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins…”

The Catechism teaches:
"The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ" (CCC 1279).

Baptismal Symbols

  • Water – The waters of baptism recall Jesus’ own baptism by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. Water is a symbol of cleansing and renewal as we begin a new life in Christ. We are washed clean of sin.
  • Oil – At baptism we are anointed into the life of Christ as “priest, prophet and king.” A cross is traced on the candidate’s forehead as a reminder that we are inheritors of the Kingdom of God.
  • Light – The baptismal candle is lit from the Paschal or Easter candle that stands in the church as a sign of Christ’s light in the world. At baptism, we receive the light of Christ and are called forth to share this light with the world.
  • White garment – The white garment that is placed upon us at baptism is a symbol of Christ’s victory over death and his glorious resurrection. Likewise, the white garment or pall that is placed over the coffin at the time of death recalls our baptismal promises and reminds us that we are destined for eternal life.

Infant Baptism
To begin the baptism process, please call Jayce McClellan at 760-729-2869 to set up an initial meeting.

After the initial meeting parents and godparents need to attend baptism classes which are held each month. One of the primary goals of the classes is to encourage parents on their journey with their child. Parents will understand that within their family life their child will have their first experiences and impressions of God and how to follow Jesus Christ in our world today.

A Baptism date will be confirmed after the parents/godparents have completed their classes. Godparents may attend baptism classes in their home parishes.

Baptism of Children 7 years and older
Children will be prepared in religious education classes. The program with weekly classes begins in September and ends in May. The preparation process usually takes two years and the children will receive the Sacrament of Baptism together with the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist and Confirmation at Easter. The parents/guardians sponsor their children in this process and are expected to attend family catechesis classes. For more information, please contact Margit Dornisch at 760-729-8442 or by email.

Adult Baptism 18 years and older
Adults seeking to become catholic are prepared in classes called the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). The process usually takes from September to May with weekly evening classes. The adults will receive the Sacrament of Baptism together with the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist and Confirmation at Easter. For more information, please contact Jayce McClellan at 760-729-2869 or by email.

 

Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. (John 3:5)

 

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